About Cass County Economic Development Corporation

Board of Directors & Staff

Board Officers

Laura J. Hansen - President

Breen & Person, Ltd.
"By serving on the CCEDC Board of Directors, I hope to help promote and grow the economic strength and assets of our communities in Cass County. Cass County Economic Development Corporation is an integral part of that."

Charles Black Lance - President Elect

Director of TRIO Programs, Central Lakes College
“Economic growth in Cass County as well as surrounding counties is vital to the continued health of our communities.”

Jay Cline - Treasurer

First National Bank - Backus, MN.
"I believe in the growth and development of Cass County."

Vicki Dufner - Secretary

“I would like to see jobs continue to be established to draw people to our area - as a place not only for people to want to be employed but for business entrepreneurs to consider for their business.”

Board Members

Bill Palmer - Director

Essentia Health
“I believe that economic development – and the EDC – can greatly benefit the communities in Cass County.”

Kirsten Eggena - Director

President, Pine River State Bank
"Job growth is critical to enhance the vitality of Cass County. I hope to bring a fresh perspective to the table and add to the great job the Cass County EDC has already been doing."

Geoff Gorvin - Director

Paper Storm, and Gorvin Marketing & Public Relations
“Cass County is a great place to live and work, with tremendous potential for business growth. I hope to use my position on the CCEDC Board of Directors to help guide that growth and create opportunities for new and existing businesses.”

Nathan Sauvageau - Director

Outdoors Sports Systems
"Being able to help with the growth of Cass County economic development is something I have passion for and take great pride in. Our communities here in this region are special and unique, and being able to contribute has been a great experience for me. I would like to further my involvement in the business community of Cass County and create good paying jobs for its residents."

Jim Tertin - Director

Magnum Research
"When people are working, our entire County's economy works. I like to be a small part in facilitating that."


Mike Paulus

Executive Director
Mike Paulus is the Executive Director for the Cass County Economic Development Corporation. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Arizona State University. He has been working in Business Development since 2008.

Marina Lovell

Program Administrator | SBDC Consultant
Marina handles grant reporting, financial management and assists with special projects. She is a business owner and SBDC consultant with a specialty in marketing and retail display effectiveness.

Becoming A Board Member

If you are interested in serving as a member of Cass County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, or have someone you would like to nominate, please contact us by March 31, via email to  cass.edc@co.cass.mn.us

Requirements for being a board member include:

  • Be a paid member of Cass County EDC
  • Commit to a three-year term
  • Attend at least 5 of the 6 meetings held per year

 It is also desired that board members:

  • Have business experience
  • Are geographically dispersed throughout Cass County
  • Have progressive ideas on county-wide economic development
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